May 2012 Online Workshops

May 2012 Online Workshops

The May 2012 workshops will begin on Wednesday, May 2nd.

Which workshop is best for you?

New to children’s books?
Learn about the different types of children’s books in the Children’s Book Genres Workshop.

Passionate about literacy?
Find out how you can write for children learning to read in the Children’s Literacy Workshop (for Writers).

Ready to write?
Write and edit your book in the

After you finish a writing workshop you can work through two more edits in a “work-in-progress” workshop, by rewriting your picture book or easy reader or working on the next chapter of your children’s chapter book or children’s novel.

The May workshop dates are May 2-June 20, 2012.

_____________________________________________________________________

Picture Book of the Day

Take Your Mama to Work Today
by Amy Reichert (Author) and Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator)

Booktalk: When Violet visits her mom’s office on Take Your Child to Work Day (April 26th this year), she is very helpful.

Snippet: Sometimes the boss won’t say hello because he’ll be getting ready for a presentation–that’s like show-and-tell for grown-ups. You’re probably an expert at show-and-tell, so be sure to offer to help.
_____________________________________________________________________

Chapter Book of the Day

Take Your Mama to Work Today
by Valerie Hobbs (Author) and Jennifer Thermes (Illustrator)
336 pages

Booktalk: Maggie is always full of questions. But a young maid in a fine lady’s house isn’t supposed to wonder so much, so one day Maggie is thrown out into the street with only a tiny heart-shaped locket for a keepsake. Who is the lady in the locket?

A little dog named Oliver is pushing his nose along an icy sidewalk searching for his lost mistress, or at least something to eat. No matter how hard he looks he can’t find either one, but he does see a girl with round blue eyes and a golden locket around her neck. The girl calls him “Lucky.”

Snippet: For once in his short life, Oliver was happy to be an ordinary mutt, with parts of many kinds of dogs all mixed together. The part of him that was bloodhound would help find Bertie. With one last look at the cozy house where he had been raised from a pup, Oliver headed into the wide open world.
_____________________________________________________________________

April 2012 Carnival Of Children’s Literature

  • Our April 2012 host is A Curious Thing.
  • Add YOUR post to this carnival by filling out this form.
  • The deadline for adding your post is April 26th.
  • The carnival will go live on April 28th.

__________________________________________________________________

STEM Haiku

Share your own haiku about a STEM topic during National Poetry Month.

(STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Percentages
A little of this
a little of that, bit by
bit, add up to one.
© 2012 Anastasia Suen
__________________________________________________________________

Site Meter Read and Write Sports: Readers Theatre and Writing Activities for Grades 3-8

Copyright © 2012 Anastasia Suen All Rights Reserved.

Advertisements

See you at TLA!

See you at TLA!

The Texas Library Association is meeting in Houston this week.

I’m signing these books on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. (That’s tomorrow!)

I’m signing Road Work Ahead from 10am-12pm at Overlooked Books Booth #2629

I’m signing All-Star Cheerleaders from 10am-12pm at Overlooked Books #2629

I’m signing Read and Write Sports from 1-3pm at ABC-Clio Booth #1502

I’m signing A Girl’s Guide to Volleyball from 3-4pm at Capstone Booth #1919

_____________________________________________________________________

Picture Book of the Day

A Hockey Story
by Richard L. Torrey (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: A young boy joins a new hockey team…

Snippet: Every Saturday morning I wake up really, really early and go to the ice rink.
_____________________________________________________________________

Chapter Book of the Day

The Wood Queen
by Karen Mahoney (Author)
336 pages

Booktalk: To keep her best friend, Navin, from being killed at the hands of vicious wood elves, Donna Underwood stole the elixir of life. Now she’s facing an alchemist tribunal while her mother lies dying, succumbing to the elven curse that shattered her mind. In desperation, Donna seeks an audience with Aliette, the fierce and manipulative Wood Queen, who offers a deal: if Donna can use her strange and burgeoning powers to help the wood elves, Aliette will free her mother from the curse. Along with Navin and Xan, the half-fey guy she’s falling for, Donna struggles to unlock the secrets of her iron tattoos in time to save her mother’s life. But some secrets are better left untold.

Snippet: And the crows; so many of them. A murder of crows? Circling around and around in an indigo sky, shedding oly feather that look like black petals.

Maybe I’m just having anxiety dreams ahead of the trial. Aunt Paige gets mad when I call it that–my trial–but isn’t that what it is?
_____________________________________________________________________

April 2012 Carnival Of Children’s Literature

  • Our April 2012 host is A Curious Thing.
  • Add YOUR post to this carnival by filling out this form.
  • The deadline for adding your post is April 26th.
  • The carnival will go live on April 28th.

__________________________________________________________________

STEM Haiku

Share your own haiku about a STEM topic during National Poetry Month.

(STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Power
Zip, Zap! Electrons
move in a circuit, bringing
electricity.
© 2012 Anastasia Suen
__________________________________________________________________

Site Meter Read and Write Sports: Readers Theatre and Writing Activities for Grades 3-8

Copyright © 2012 Anastasia Suen All Rights Reserved.

Young Readers

Picture Book of the Day

Princess!
by Viviana Garofoli (Illustrator)

Booktalk: The rhythmic text in this board book follows a young “princess” from morning to night.

Snippet:
Princess wakes up!
Time to start the day.
_____________________________________________________________________

Chapter Book of the Day

Binky Under Pressure (A Binky Adventure)
by Ashley Spires (Author, Illustrator)
64 pages

Booktalk: In Binky’s third adventure, our intrepid, sometimes accident-prone hero is shaken out of his routine when he’s forced to contend with Gracie, a dainty striped foster kitty who comes to live at Binky’s space station (aka his home at 42 Sentinel Parkway). Binky instantly resents the new arrival, whose cute face and perfect manners are downright annoying. Indeed, Gracie seems too perfect. So Binky decides to do some undercover investigating and discovers a shocking truth about the family guest. Soon Binky is thrust full-throttle into a situation that puts all his Space Cat skills to the ultimate test!

Snippet:
Why would his humans do this to him?
Another cat? Wasn’t he good enough for them?
_____________________________________________________________________

The March 2012 Carnival Of Children’s Literature is up!

Have you visited the March Carnival Of Children’s Literature
at the Just Children’s Books! yet? Hop over and say hello to Nichole!

_____________________________________________________________________

STEM Friday is coming!

STEM Friday is coming! (STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

If you blog about science or math books tomorrow, come share your link!

_____________________________________________________________________

Literary Link

My March Quick Tips column: Hot Topics: Hatching Eggs with STEM is at Booklist Online.
_____________________________________________________________________

Site Meter My NEW chapter book is Just So, Brianna (All-Star Cheerleaders)

Copyright © 2012 Anastasia Suen All Rights Reserved.

Nonfiction Monday

Picture Book of the Day

Surviving the Hindenburg
by Larry Verstraete (Author) and David Geister (Illustrator)

Booktalk: On May 6, 1937, the giant German airship the Hindenburg exploded in a ball of fire as it attempted to land at Lakehurst Navel Base in New Jersey. Of the 93 people on board, a remarkable 62 survived, including Werner Franz, the ship’s 14-year-old cabin boy.

Snippet: As the Hindenburg‘s cabin boy, 14-year-old Werner had many chores to do for the officers and crew–setting tables, washing dishes, making beds, cleaning boots and uniforms. Much of the time, Werner lived and worked below deck.

BONUS! Download the teacher’s guide!
_____________________________________________________________________

Chapter Book of the Day

Attack of the Killer Video Book Take 2: Tips and Tricks for Young Directors
by Mark Shulman and Hazlitt Krog (Authors) and Martha Newbigging (Illustrator)
76 pages

Booktalk: Originally published in 2004, Attack of the Killer Video Book has become indispensable for budding filmmakers and video production classes. This updated edition has been revised to include new technology, with hot tips on digital cameras and editing; shooting on a phone or webcam; adding cool and safe special effects; and much more. Aspiring directors will discover tricks and techniques for becoming a camera sharpshooter; lighting like a pro; making awesome music videos; and using social networking sites to post and promote their movies.

Snippet:
Let There Be Lighting:
Your camera can adjust to the color of light because it has an automatic light balance. That means it works to make white things look white, even if there’s yellowy light on them. Then all of the other colors shift, too.

BONUS! See inside the book!
__________________________________________________________________

Nonfiction Monday

Nonfiction Monday

This week’s Nonfiction Monday Round-up is here at Booktalking.

Nonfiction Detectives

100 Scope Notes

Shelf-employed

Kidlit celebrates Women’s History Month

The Swimmer Writer

Jean Little Library

Boys Rule Boys Read!

Pink Me

Wrapped In Foil

True Tales & A Cherry On Top

Anatomy of Nonfiction

Biblio File

Archimedes Notebook

All About Books with Janet Squires

NC Teacher Stuff

SimplyScience

GatheringBooks

GeoLibrarian

_____________________________________________________________________

Spring 2012 Call for Nonfiction Monday Hosts

Nonfiction Monday

We’re looking for Spring 2012 Nonfiction Monday Round-up hosts.

Go here to sign up.

Edited to add: The list filled up before noon!

_____________________________________________________________________

Nonfiction Book Blast 2012

Susan Goldman Rubin booktalks Music Was IT: Young Leonard Bernstein

on the Nonfiction Book Blast blog today…

Save the date! June 23, 2012 Nonfiction Book Blast 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

_____________________________________________________________________

March 2012 Carnival Of Children’s Literature

  • Our March 2012 host is Just Children’s Books!.
  • Add YOUR post to this carnival by commenting here.
  • The deadline for adding your post is TODAY, March 26th.
  • The carnival will go live on March 28th.

_____________________________________________________________________

Site Meter My NEW chapter book is Just So, Brianna (All-Star Cheerleaders)

Copyright © 2012 Anastasia Suen All Rights Reserved.

March 2012 Carnival Of Children’s Literature

March 2012 Carnival Of Children’s Literature

  • Our March 2012 host is Just Children’s Books!.
  • Add YOUR post to this carnival by commenting here.
  • The deadline for adding your post is March 26th.
  • The carnival will go live on March 28th.

_____________________________________________________________________

Spring Break

Booktalking will be on Spring Break until March 26th.

_____________________________________________________________________

Site Meter My NEW chapter book is Just So, Brianna (All-Star Cheerleaders)

Copyright © 2012 Anastasia Suen All Rights Reserved.

Young Readers

Picture Book of the Day

Bright Baby Touch & Feel Colors
by Roger Priddy (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: Each page in this board book has a new color and a new object to touch and feel.

Snippet:
yellow
banana
_____________________________________________________________________

Chapter Book of the Day

Mercy Lily
by Lisa Albert (Author)
240 pages

Booktalk: Lily’s mother has slowly been losing herself to multiple sclerosis. After traditional treatment fails, she uses bee sting therapy, administered by Lily, to alleviate her pain. Lily is trained as a veterinary assistant, so she can easily handle the treatments. What she can’t handle is what happens when the bee sting therapy fails and it becomes clear that her mom wants to die.

One beautiful spring day, Lily’s mother asks her for the most impossible thing of all—mercy. While navigating first love, friendship, and other normal worries faced by high school sophomores, Lily also has to choose: help her mom go, or cling to her fading life for all it’s worth.

Snippet:
I take the bees outside, unscrew the lid of the bee jar, and listen to their angry buzzing.
“I hate you,” I whisper.
_____________________________________________________________________

March 2012 Carnival Of Children’s Literature

  • Our March 2012 host is Just Children’s Books!.
  • Add YOUR post to this carnival by commenting here.
  • The deadline for adding your post is March 26th.
  • The carnival will go live on March 28th.

_____________________________________________________________________

STEM Friday on March 9, 2012

STEM Friday is coming! (STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

The STEM Friday Round-up on March 9, 2012

is at Practically Paradise.

_____________________________________________________________________

Literary Link

Create a Query that Gets a ‘Yes’ (via @CBIClubhouse)
_____________________________________________________________________

Site Meter My NEW chapter book is Just So, Brianna (All-Star Cheerleaders)

Copyright © 2012 Anastasia Suen All Rights Reserved.

Great Books

Picture Book of the Day

Chicken Butt’s Back!
by Erica S. Perl (Author) and Henry Cole (Illustrator)

Booktalk: As Mom shops for groceries, she falls victim to a flurry of jokes using homonyms and homophones…

Snippet:

BOY: You know what?

MOM: What?

BOY: Chicken butt!
_____________________________________________________________________

Chapter Book of the Day

Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life
by James Patterson (Author), Chris Tebbetts (Contributor) and Laura Park (Illustrator)
288 pages

Booktalk: Rafe Khatchadorian has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix. Luckily, he’s got an ace plan for the best year ever, if only he can pull it off: With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school’s oppressive Code of Conduct.

Snippet: It feels as honest as the day is crummy that I begin this tale of total desperation and woe with me, my pukey sister, Georgia, and Leonardo the Silent sitting like rotting sardines in the back of a Hills Village Police Department cruiser.

BONUS! See the video!


_____________________________________________________________________

5 MORE Great Books About Spring

And the Spring Grass Grew All Around
by Emily Bolam (Illustrator)
The classic children’s song is now a Level 1 easy reader.

Spring?
by Patricia Whitehouse (Author)
The sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of spring in a simple easy reader.

Spring Is Here!: A Story About Seeds
by Joan Holub (Author) and Will Terry (Illustrator)
The Ant Hill kids plant their own garden. Pre-Level 1 easy reader

Spring Showers
by Samantha Brooke (Adapter) and Mike Giles (Illustrator)
It’s spring in Gabba Land, and that means spring showers. Pre-Level 1 easy reader

The Busy Spring
by Carl Emerson (Author) and Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator)
Emma and Owen visit Old Oak at the park in the spring. Science easy reader
_____________________________________________________________________

February 2012 Carnival Of Children’s Literature

Have you visited the February Carnival Of Children’s Literature
at the The Fourth Musketeer yet? You’re in for a treat!

_____________________________________________________________________

Literary Link

If you are worried about how your images are shared, you can keep your work off Pinterest (via @GalleyCat)
_____________________________________________________________________

Site Meter My NEW chapter book is Save the Best for Last, Abby (All-Star Cheerleaders)

Copyright © 2012 Anastasia Suen All Rights Reserved.

Road Work Ahead

My Book of the Week

Road Work Ahead by Anastasia Suen
A transportation picture book

  • Copyright: 2011
  • Ages: 3-5
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Viking

“Suen’s sparse rhyming verse leads readers through the busy scenes and uses simple vocabulary that suits both the youngest listeners and those just beginning to read.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

“A batch of Grandma’s homemade oatmeal cookies beckons, but for this backseat narrator, the sights and sounds along the road to her house are equally compelling.” ~ Publishers Weekly

Activities:

Play the Road Signs Matching Game.

Find out more about Cars, Trucks, and Construction Play.

Watch the construction site video.

Make a Traffic Light Necklace with yarn and stickers.
_____________________________________________________________________

Picture Book of the Day

Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken
by Daniel Pinkwater (Author) and Jill Pinkwater (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Yetta, beautiful Yetta, manages to escape from the butcher’s shop. But now she is lost in Brooklyn—a strange place filled with rude rats and dangerous buses!

Snippet: Yetta, beautiful Yetta, will not be sold. She will not be soup. She will not be roasted chicken on a Friday night. She is free. She is in Brooklyn.
_____________________________________________________________________

Chapter Book of the Day

Nerd Camp

Nerd Camp
by Elissa Brent Weissman (Author)
272 pages

Booktalk: Ten-year-old Gabe is excited to go to the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment, but then he meets his new stepbrother, Zack, who doesn’t like nerds. Now what? Gabe makes a chart to figure it out…

Snippet:
PROBLEM: Am I a nerd who only has nerdy adventures?
HYPOTHESIS: No.

THINGS I CAN TELL ZACK
(I am not a nerd.)
1. I am going to a sleepaway
camp for six weeks!

THINGS I CAN’T TELL ZACK
(I am a nerd.)
1. It is the Summer Center
for Gifted Enrichment.

The 2011 Cybils Middle Grade Novel Winner!

_____________________________________________________________________

March 2012 Online Workshops

The March 2012 workshops will begin on Wednesday, March 7th.

Which workshop is best for you?

New to children’s books?
Learn about the different types of children’s books in the Children’s Book Genres Workshop.

Passionate about literacy?
Find out how you can write for children learning to read in the Children’s Literacy Workshop (for Writers).

Ready to write?
Write and edit your book in the

After you finish a writing workshop you can work through two more edits in a “work-in-progress” workshop, by rewriting your picture book or easy reader or working on the next chapter of your children’s chapter book or children’s novel.

The March workshop dates are March 7-April 25, 2012.

_____________________________________________________________________

February 2012 Carnival Of Children’s Literature

The carnival will go live today at The Fourth Musketeer.

_____________________________________________________________________

Site Meter My NEW chapter book is Save the Best for Last, Abby (All-Star Cheerleaders)

Copyright © 2012 Anastasia Suen All Rights Reserved.

Great Books

Picture Book of the Day

Three Hens and a Peacock
by Lester L. Laminack (Author) and Henry Cole (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Nothing unusual ever happened on the Tuckers farm. Until the day that peacock showed up…

Snippet: The hens were squawking and clucking and flapping their wings. “We do all the work around here. I’d like to see that peacock lay one single egg.”
_____________________________________________________________________

Chapter Book of the Day

When Life Gives You O.J.
by Erica S. Perl (Author)
208 pages

Booktalk: For years, 10-year-old Zelly Fried has tried to convince her parents to let her have a dog. After all, practically everyone in Vermont owns a dog, and it sure could go a long way helping Zelly fit in since moving there from Brooklyn. But when her eccentric grandfather Ace hatches a ridiculous plan involving a “practice dog” named OJ, Zelly’s not so sure how far she’s willing to go to win a dog of her own. Is Ace’s plan so crazy it just might work . . . or is it just plain crazy?

Snippet: The whole mess started with a note:

KID,

SEE ME IMMEDIATELY WHEN YOU GET THIS.
DO NOT SPEAK OF THIS TO ANYONE, NOT
EVEN YOUR PARENTS OR YOUR BROTHER.

ACE

P.S. I HOPE YOU ARE READY FOR THIS.

BONUS! See the video!


_____________________________________________________________________

5 Great Books About Spring

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Spring Babies
by Erica Silverman (Author) and Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)
New babies are born on the ranch. (See the video!) Easy reader with 5 chapters

How Do You Know It’s Spring?
by Allan Fowler
Learn the facts in this Rookie Read About Science easy reader.

Poppleton In Spring
by Cynthia Rylant (Author) and Mark Teague (Illustrator)
See how Poppleton welcomes spring. Easy reader with 3 chapters

Spring Things
by Bob Raczka (Author) and Judy Stead (Illustrator)
Celebrate spring with one new “ing” word per page in this easy to read picture book.

Wake Me In Spring!
by James Preller (Author) and Jeffrey Scherer (Illustrator)
Mouse promises to wake up Bear in the spring. Level 2 easy reader
_____________________________________________________________________

February 2012 Carnival Of Children’s Literature

  • Our February 2012 host is The Fourth Musketeer.
  • Add YOUR post to this carnival by commenting here.
  • The deadline for adding your post is February 26th.
  • The carnival will go live on February 28th.

_____________________________________________________________________

Literary Link

‘Reading Rainbow’ to Return as an App (via @ReadingRainbow + @sljournal)
_____________________________________________________________________

Site Meter My NEW chapter book is Save the Best for Last, Abby (All-Star Cheerleaders)

Copyright © 2012 Anastasia Suen All Rights Reserved.

February Carnival Of Children’s Literature

February 2012 Carnival Of Children’s Literature

Dear friends,

I’m sorry to say that the carnival software we have been using since 2006 has stopped working. Please go to the carnival announcement post here and add your link to the comments. Margo, our February host, is now an editor on our carnival round up blog, so she will collect all of your links there and add them to this month’s carnival.

  • Our February 2012 host is The Fourth Musketeer.
  • Add YOUR post to this carnival by commenting here.
  • The deadline for adding your post is February 26th.
  • The carnival will go live on February 28th.

_____________________________________________________________________

Picture Book of the Day

Peter Is Just a Baby
by Marisabina Russo (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: Peter can’t do any of the things that his big sister can. She can leap, and skip, but he can only crawl.

Snippet: I can even count to three in French — un, deux, trois — and ask for apple pie a la mode.
_____________________________________________________________________

Chapter Book of the Day

The Way We Fall
by Megan Crewe
308 pages

Booktalk: When sixteen year old Kaelyn lets her best friend leave for school without saying goodbye, she never dreams she might not ever see him again. But then a strange virus begins to sweep through her island community. As patients start dying, the government quarantines the island: no one can leave, and no one can come back.

Snippet: Sept 2
Leo,
While the ferry was carrying you to the mainland, I was on West Beach with Mackenzie and Rachel. Mackenzie had decided we should have one last summer swim before school starts tomorrow, but the breeze was so chilly, none of us ended up wanting to go in the water. So we just walked on the sand, talking and speculating about how junior year will go.
_____________________________________________________________________

Literary Links

Loreen Leedy booktalks Seeing Symmetry at Nonfiction Book Blast

Sorry, Pinterest Users: Websites Can Now Block Pinning [VIDEO] (via @mashable)
_____________________________________________________________________

Site Meter My NEW chapter book is Save the Best for Last, Abby (All-Star Cheerleaders)

Copyright © 2012 Anastasia Suen All Rights Reserved.